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Unread 03-03-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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Considering writing a novel about cosplay

Well it might be fantasy or a murder mystery, but my mind is drifting towards a plot revolving around anime conventions and cosplay. Obviously this would be hardly mainstream, but for you guys, would you be interested in such a novel?
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Unread 03-04-2013, 10:16 AM   #2
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I would love to read a good murder mystery, especially one dealing with two of favorite things! It may be hard to get through the press though. If you do write it, good luck! ^^
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Funny thing is, no; I really really wouldn't. You know that feeling you get from a piece of fiction where you can just tell it's an excuse for the author to talk about Thing X and everything else in the story is mostly a flimsy prop to enable further Thing X to happen? Foodie writers have this happen a lot. I suspect anime conventions would work similarly. I've read a few novellas that used LARP or conventions as a large part of their subject matter and honestly it was pretty embarrassing.
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A biographical account involving cons and cosplay could be interesting and maybe even get geeks less of a negative stereotype. Otherwise, I wouldn't be optimistic about it going over well.
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A biographical account involving cons and cosplay could be interesting and maybe even get geeks less of a negative stereotype. Otherwise, I wouldn't be optimistic about it going over well.
Although it would be fictional, I won't lie in saying the main character would be somewhat based on me. (Not like I'm the first amateur writer to do so. :P ) So in that sense I'd sneak some truths and experiences of the cosplay and convention scene into it. I want to write a story from my imagination, but taking place in a modern setting I love and can emulate through writing. I totally understand the criticisms voiced, but it sort of makes me want to strive to rise above them.
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How's your knack for self-criticism? I don't mean "everything I do sucks", I mean "this isn't working as well as it could". For a semi-autobiographical work especially, you're going to need it.
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It's kind of been done, OP.

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How's your knack for self-criticism? I don't mean "everything I do sucks", I mean "this isn't working as well as it could". For a semi-autobiographical work especially, you're going to need it.
Well in my head (because I get my ideas from daydreams), the con aspect is less at the moment. Still a part, but more near the climax....and apparently a supernatural murder mystery.....I swear I've never read the Dresden books, though I've seen a couple episodes. So definitely less semi-autobio now. Though knowing the info helps. :P

And really, what idea is totally original now?
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Funny thing is, no; I really really wouldn't. You know that feeling you get from a piece of fiction where you can just tell it's an excuse for the author to write graphic sex scenes between two unlikely individuals and everything else in the story is mostly a flimsy prop to enable further sex scenes?
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Wahahahahah. XD Sorry, couldn't help. Point there, LF.
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Unread 03-04-2013, 06:32 PM   #15
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I'd say just go for it. Nothing wrong with at least trying.
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